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A MILLION HAPPY NOWS: The Official Trailer Starring Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia!

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The tremendously talented Crystal Chappell has been hard at work over the last year and more on her first feature film for her company Open Book Productions company and Perfect Features.

The motion picture, A Million Happy Nows has been talked about on social media by Chappell and her team for quite some time, but Sunday night in conjunction with, and to support  CNN’s showing of the Glen Campbell biopic, “I’ll Be Me’, the trailer for A Million Happy Nows has been released!

A Million Happy Nows shares a common theme with the Glen Campbell film, shedding light on people struggling with the effects of  Alzheimer’s disease.  And for fans of Guiding Light’s Otalia, Venice the Series, and The Grove, it gives them a new vehicle to see the undeniable on-screen chemistry of longtime scene partners, Jessica Leccia and Crystal Chappell.

The synopsis for the new film reveals that Chappell stars in a role written specifically for her – that of actress Lainey Allen – who is tired of being sidelined for younger talent on the soap she has starred in for twenty years.  Coupled with finding it harder to retain her lines, she decides not to renew her contract, and she and her publicist and partner, Eva Morales (Jessica Leccia), move to a beach house overlooking the ocean on the Central California coast. The move highlights some small changes in Lainey’s personality – mild depression that Eva puts down to leaving the show. But when Lainey starts to forget more than can be attributed to stress, Eva insists on a visit to the doctor. A Million Happy Nows chronicles Lainey and Eva’s changing relationship as they struggle to deal with the diagnosis of Lainey’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s, the prospect of an indomitable woman’s future of dependence and her single support system – the woman who was once in awe of her, became everything to her, and will now look after her.

The cast includes other soap opera notables including: Hillary B. Smith, Dan Gauthier, Robert Gant and more!  Now after the jump, watch the first official trailer of A Million Happy Nows and then let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below!

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su0000

I started watch the Glen Campbell doc on CNN
people struggling with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
ohh gezz that stuff is so depressing and I don’t want those thoughts in my head.
A horrible thing to have to think you might get that, I do not want to know that stuff..
I’d rather live and not think about Alzheimer’s ..
Seeing it is not a cool thing to see what could be.. I tuned out, quickly.

k/kay
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k/kay

I agree it is not a pleasant situation that you really want to sit and watch saying that however I have a family member who was diagnosed last Sept takes no medication refuses to admit that they have it have moved three times since then we finally have them close to us. We are going to see a neurologist for a third consultation probably still won’t help if this web series can help one person understand what a horrible disease it is then my hat is off to them.

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@su

I too am scared about this… I have the documentary recorded

I was raised by my grandparents…. my grandpa had to have had this…
this went untreated… he was of the mindset that he wouldn’t go to doctors or wouldn’t listen…. couldnt have

wow… to see someone degenerate… that’s in your heart

to wonder if this is hereditary… boggles

at ease helps

carry on

@K/kay… my sincere empathy… I hope for you and any one

the one character that comes to mind and tugged mightily

Laura Horton : played by the great… wish she was back …. with Bill
Jamie Lyn Bauer : LOVE HER to bits

Aden
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Several things come to mind upon hearing that these two are acting in yet another project…things like the well has run dry….beating a dead horse….stick a fork in it….etc. We get it…for whatever reason, Otalia was a popular story for GL. Personally, I found watching two middle aged straight women becoming Lesbians quite unenjoyable to watch. Since then, these two actresses havent exactly had casting directors knocking their doors down…so they keep making these lesbian themed Web shows trying to capitalize on that popularity. Now this…Lesbians with dementia. I dont get it. Nothing against Lesbians, I know some great ones!!… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

Clearly you’ve never heard of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn!!!! Maybe you should understand the medium your talking about before you criticize!!! Why don’t you go to the movies, I’m sure Dum and Dummer is playing somewhere!

Aden
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Aden

Um…I want 1500 milligrams of whatever youre on!!

Teresa
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Teresa

Aden,
It seems as though you know quite a bit about these two, from ‘Guiding Light’ > ‘Otalia’ > to ‘Venice’ and to ‘Many Happy Nows’.
I find it a bit disconcerting for someone who finds ‘watching two middle aged straight women becoming Lesbians quite unenjoyable’ only to watch ‘yet another project’ from them. If the ‘well has run dry’ for you, find another well. As for putting ‘a fork in it’, be careful you might bleed to death. I hope the drugs you requested help you with ‘Your Denial’.

in…4 3 2 Action!

Jamie
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Jamie

I can’t wait for this film to be released!!!! I am the caretaker of someone going through this. We need as much attention drawn to this as possible. There can’t be a cure until they find out what causes it.

k/kay
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k/kay

Rent the movie if you have not already Sill Alice I watched three times the book and the movie helped a lot our biggest problem is my sister is in DENIAL the word Alzheimer’s is a dirty word. Good luck to you it is tough .

k/kay
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k/kay

Still Alice

Maria
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Maria

Looking forward to watching this movie. I watched the Glen Campbell show. Very sad to see this happen to any individual. Glad the writer developed this story with the ladies in mind. I never get tired of these two actresses.

dmc
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dmc

The trailer makes you laugh and cry in less the 3 minutes. The chemistry between Chappell and Leccia bring out the caring, patience and love needed to stay with and watch someone with early onset Alzheimer’s keep moving forward while not knowing when or what the future might hold. Regardless of the relationships involved this issue impacts all types of individuals all in the same way – it does not discriminate.

Lisa Taylor
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Lisa Taylor

Looks like a really great story, can’t wait to see it in theatres! I hope it does well.

Judy
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Judy

When is the release date! Can’t wait to see the movie

Tara Proctor
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Tara Proctor

The trailer is fab and i can’t wait for the film to come out.
Please let me know when the release date is as i will definitely be purchasing a copy.
Many thanks, Tara

adele casoria
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adele casoria

cc and jl are actresses and if they cater to the lesbian audience so what,i love when homophobes say ‘I’m not against gays,i have a lot of gay friends’ but, bulls##t if it troubles you to watch these very fine actresses work don’t watch, you have a choice.and you don’t speak for the thousands of people gay and straight who enjoy anything these ladies undertake

Jan Newberry
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Jan Newberry

When will we be able to watch the full movi

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Congratulations are in order for one of the finest actors we know, Tom Pelphrey (ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light) and his girlfriend former ‘Big Bang Theory’ star, Kaley Cuoco!

The couple each shared a series of photos on their Instagram accounts, announcing that they are expecting their first child, a baby girl!

Cuoco shared: “Baby girl Pelphrey coming 2023💕 beyond blessed and over the moon… I 💓you”

Pelphrey expressed: “And then it was even MORE BETTER. 🎀🎀🎀. Love you more than ever @kaleycuoco ♥️🙏♥️”

The couple had confirmed their relationship this past May and recently attended the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards in September where they both were nominees; Cuoco for The Flight Attendant and Pelphrey for Ozark.

Tom and Kaley actually met back in April, and it has been noted in the press as ‘love at first sight’ when Cuoco attended the premiere of Ozark.

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In celebration and remembrance of his life and career, the 18th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes fundraiser which has always been a staple event helmed by verDorn and his former GL co-star Liz Keifer, is having a livestream special on You Tube’s The Locher Room on Sunday, October 9th starting at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST.

Participating will be former colleagues and cast members of Jerry’s from both Guiding Light and One Life to Live including: Kristen Alderson,Terrell Anthony, Grant Aleksander, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Justin Deas, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Crystal Hunt, Vincent Irizarry, Liz Keifer, Maeve Kinkead, Wendy Moniz, Robert Newman, Michael O’Leary, Denise Pence, Ron Raines, Sean Ringgold, Peter Simon, Erika Slezak, Tina Sloan, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Bree Williamson, Laura Wright and Kim Zimmer.

75% of the proceeds from the event will go to The Autism Society of America and the remaining 25% of proceeds will go to the newly established Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund which will help send individuals with Autism to theater camps and other educational programs.

To watch the livestream on Oct 9 click here.

So, glad to hear that Jerry’s friends and former cast members will be gathering on a livestream to share their special remembrances of him while raising awareness and funds for a good cause? Comment below.

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PRIMETIME EMMYS: Soap Alums Murray Bartlett and Amanda Seyfried Take Home Acting Honors

The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.

After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.

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In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.

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